Crucial application withdrawn by Jordan Cove Project

Without the permit, the project is not possible, officials said.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 12:05 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 4:50 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Jordan Cove Energy Project withdrew an essential application for it's 229-mile-long natural gas pipeline project Friday, leaving its future in question.

A letter informed the Oregon Department of State Lands that they would be withdrawing an application for a "removal-fill" permit, which would allow the project to dredge a navigation channel for a terminal in Coos Bay and build the pipeline across the state's waterways.

Without the permit, the project is not possible, officials said.

According to officials, earlier this week the department denied Jordan Cove's fifth request to extend the project's deadline due to a lack of requested application items. Before the application was pulled, a decision would have been rendered at the end of the month.

A spokesman for the Jordan Cove Project indicated the firm is not dropping the plan and instead is awaiting possible federal approval.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is still expected to approve or deny the project after a public comment period.

If the company decides to pursue the removal-fill permit again, it will need to file an entirely new application. Officials said that means the process will restart, meaning more review and public comment. 

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